High heels or sandals 👠? Suit or shirtsleeves 👔? Office dress codes are suddenly in flux, but why?
As freelancing and outsourcing have spread through the economy and ever more of us ‘hot desk’ or work from home, the once well-established and mutually understood relationships between managers and employees are being recalibrated. Meanwhile, the flourishing landscape of tech start-ups and creative design companies seem to have initiated a tieless revolution.
Dress is one of the ways in which some of our most serious concerns about power, authority and freedom are expressed. There is more to our clothes than meets the eye.
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'If Boris Johnson’s name is ever linked to a political idea, it is likely to be "cakeism" — the notion that it is possible to govern without making hard choices.'
Mr Johnson is expected to become UK prime minister this month 'having run a strongly cakeist leadership campaign'. His famous remark that, when it comes to cake, he is 'pro having it and pro eating it too' has defined his approach to Brexit.
The FT's Gideon Rachman writes about Boris Johnson, ‘cakeism’ and the Blitz spirit of 1940 –
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What's the formula for love? Well, Bobby Seagull found the answer. The pop-mathematician has created a customised equation to help him find a partner.
The maths teacher’s algorithm, which has coefficients for location, education, age and general fussiness, suggests that the probability of the next person on the pavement turning out to be his soulmate is one in 913,000. Could the equation work for you too?
Lucy Kellaway, FT contributing editor, used this formula in search for romance — tap on the link in our bio to see if she found love.
FT Photo Diary 📸: Today, up to 42,000 spectators are allowed in the grounds of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships 🏆 at any one time.
To watch matches on Centre Court 🎾, just 500 tickets are made available each day. To purchase one, fans must join a queue in which they are required to camp for at least one night in a park adjacent to the grounds.
Otherwise, the majority of tickets are sold weeks before the tournament, through an annual public ballot with UK entrants forced to enter by post and must also supply a stamped-addressed envelope. This will change from next year, when ballot entrants will merely need to fill out forms online.
The well-heeled can skip the lines. Earlier this year, the All England Club released more than 2,500 ‘debentures’ on Centre Court, with wealthy patrons paying £80,000 to guarantee themselves a seat throughout the tournament 🍓.
📷: Charlie Bibby
On a beach near Tulum in Quintana Roo State, Mexico, the water is brown and a carpet of rotting seaweed covers the white sands. The beach bustles not with holidaymakers but two dozen workers shifting seaweed with shovels and wheelbarrows, some waist deep in the sludge. A truck with a front scoop carts the algae away. The smell is awful. A giant floating mass of sargassum algae, more than 550km long, is washing ashore.
Since 2011, sargassum has been strangling some of Mexico’s best-loved beaches in increasingly large amounts, causing not just a stink and an eyesore but damaging coral reefs and marine ecosystems. The problem is getting significantly worse.
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Meet Libra, Facebook's new global digital currency. 💸🔹
The social network hopes it will help 1.7bn people without a bank account transfer money instantly and affordably from their mobile phones. It’s the most significant effort yet to make blockchain technology, which does not rely on a central authority to issue money, mainstream — and comes following the launch of hundreds of digital currencies, not least the 10-year-old bitcoin.
If successful, the project could dramatically reshape some corners of the finance industry, disintermediating payments platforms and stealing business from retail banks and fintech groups, particularly those that specialise in sending payments across borders.
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